A Gatlinburg Parade of Christmas Lights

One of the most beloved events in Gatlinburg each year is the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. Bundle up, grab a hot cup of cocoa, bring along the kids and enjoy the show! This year’s 37th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade promises to be better than ever. With impressive floats, exciting music and lots of lights, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

christmas paradeStarting at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 7th2012, the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will travel through the streets of downtown Gatlinburg. In the past, there have been more than 80,000 spectators, so get there early for a good spot.

There will be many parade entries, probably more than 100, and more than a dozen marching bands from across Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina will be performing. Along with the floats, you can enjoy fun, fabulous music. Look out for floats with characters made of helium balloons, including penguins, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, snowflakes and many more. The parade will begin at Traffic Light #1A on Highway 321 and will last for about an hour and a half. It will end at Traffic Light #10.

The lights of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic event will also be illuminating the streets. Enjoy beautiful lighted displays of fountains, happy children, reindeer, candles, gift boxes and more. The millions of LED lights will create the perfect backdrop for the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade as guests crowd balconies and sidewalks along the parade route.

Don’t miss one of Gatlinburg’s best holiday events this year. You will really feel the magic of Christmas while enjoying a classic holiday outing.

Some tips for the parade:

  • Bundle Up.
  • Bring along snacks and warm drinks.
  • Arrive early and stake out a good spot.
  • Prepare young children for the weather and the noise.


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